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Field Hockey Edged by St. Mary’s in Penalty Strokes

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State dropped a 1-0 game in penalty strokes against the visiting St. Mary’s (Md.) in field hockey action Saturday morning.

The game began as both teams were pretty evenly matched despite the Bobcats (4-2) holding a 4-1 shot advantage. Both teams shot two penalty corners, but were unable to convert them. At the break, the game was tied 0-0.

Early in the second half, the Seahawks (4-3) took four penalty corners in a two-minute time span, but could not find the net. At 17:03 there was a lot of chaos inside the circle and a foul was called on FSU. Senior Katie Lange took the penalty shot. Bobcat goalie Kristin Cousin (Edgewater, Md./South River) stepped up and blocked blocked the shot.

Down to the the last few minutes, Frostburg State took two penalty corners at 3:39 and 2:06, but could not net the ball, ending regulation with another 0-0 tie.

In the first overtime period, SMC held the shot advantage 2-1. Senior Heidi Zook (Elverson, Pa./Twin Valley) took a penalty corner with 00:03 left on the clock and fed it to classmate Tawni Buck (Perryville, Md./Perryville) who knocked it toward the goal, but it was saved by sophomore gaolie Emily Richards.

In the second overtime, both teams took two shots. St. Mary’s had its best chance to score when Katherine Barnes hit the ball and Cousin made a diving save with 5:21 left on the clock. FSU had its best chance to score at the 2:57 mark when freshman Aly Erickson (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) swung and Richards jumped to the ground to keep the game scoreless and sent it into penalty strokes.

Emily Smithson, Alison Femi and Marianne Wood were all able to get the ball past Cousin, while sophomore Brittany Russell (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills), Brittney Blystone (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) and Buck were not able to find the net.

Cousin played a tough games and picked up seven saves in the loss.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday as they host Virginia Wesleyan at 1:00 pm.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780